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We would like to announce that after lengthy discussion and looking ahead at what would be most beneficial to the Region, Jason Takeuchi, AIA (the Region’s present Regional Associate Director from Honolulu) will serve as the Region’s next Young Architect Regional Director. Congratulations Jason!

The Region is seeking a new Regional Associate Director to complete the one year remaining in Jason’s post. If you are interested in pursuing this position please download the Nomination requirements here. Deadline for Nominations is January 21.

Jason Takeuchi, AIA

2019 Winter Update

Nationally, Associate members are positioning themselves in 2019 with a focus on the future of the workforce, EDI and bringing to light alternate career paths. Associate leaders view the role of the alternate career path as vital to sustaining the membership numbers of Associate AIA members and strengthening the Institute. Bill Bates, our 2019 AIA President, is one example of how a non-traditional architect is serving in this role.

There is no movement on the NDSA (National Design Services Act) in regards to advocacy. This initiative started in 2011 and built momentum in 2016. It was aimed at assisting architectural graduates with tuition waivers in exchange for work in a community design studio, especially in underserved communities. Related to advocacy, the National Associates Committee pledged a 100% commitment to ArchiPac in 2018.

The National Associates Committee has also taken a strong stance against sexual harassment in the workplace. The Future Practice workgroup, in particular, is working on a document called the “Associate Agenda” which is to be a reference guide for firm principals and employers to better understand the needs of Associate members and emerging professionals in the workplace. This agenda will place a heavy emphasis on zero tolerance for sexual harassment, but will also touch on issues such as diversity, and opportunities/benefits employees view as most valuable. Related to this is my current effort as a contributor and reviewer for the AIA Guides for Equitable Practice, run by the AIA National Equity and the Future of Architecture Committee. As an outcome of this workgroup in 2018, I am authoring an article to be published on aia.org on the topic of alternate career paths. This effort includes interviewing Associate members around our country, including chapter Associate Directors in our region, to be featured.

The Mentorship Workgroup of the NAC is focusing on securing two seminars at the A’19 Conference in Las Vegas to elaborate on their research findings from mentor interviews across the country. A panel discussion and a presentation have both passed the second round of reviews and are awaiting final approval. A third proposal to speak about mentorship at the 2019 AIA Women’s Leadership Summit was also submitted by members of this work group. Awaiting final approval is my write-up on AIA Honolulu’s 5x5x5 Mentorship Program to be added to the collection of AIA Best Practices.

Regionally, there are fewer updates. Melissa and I have been in contact with emerging professional leaders within the region, including those who received Grassroots scholarships from the region. Topics of interest for these members are student loan forgiveness, intern titling, and supporting alterative careers. I would like to better understand what emerging professionals in the region would like from Melissa and I in order to maximize our time in this role and serve as many members as possible. Our outreach efforts have been initially successful but not consistent with less interest in reaching out to RADs from the chapter level. One of my goals for 2019 is to receive regular updates from chapter Associate leaders to better serve as a conduit of information, rather than just top down.

2019 is my last year as a RAD, so I’m hoping to take advantage of this consequentially long term and looking forward to a rad year with the new YARD.

spring/summer 2018

Aloha to all Associate AIA members in the region. For those who are new to regional leadership, my name is Jason Takeuchi and I am the Regional Associate Director for AIA NW+PR, representing all Associate AIA members in the region to the National Associates Committee. I am currently an architect at Ferraro Choi And Associates in Honolulu, Hawaii and serve as the practicum coordinator for the University of Hawaii School of Architecture. My position as RAD began in March 2017 and will run through December 2019.

As an update, two important events occurred at the start of 2018: The National Associates Committee + Young Architects Forum Joint Annual Meeting and AIA Grassroots. These events were key to jumpstarting the goals and initiatives of the National Associates Committee for 2018, whose mission is to be a voice for all Associate AIA members towards strengthening the profession.

NAC+YAF Joint Annual Meeting: This meeting was held in Phoenix in February and hosted members of the National Associates Committee and national representatives of the Young Architects Forum, as well as managers of AIA’s Center for Emerging Professionals. This two-day meeting combined strategic planning with fellowship for all committees whose work will progress throughout the year. My two work groups, Mentorship and Future Practice, both set goals and schedules for the year. The Mentorship Work Group will continue to feature members on AIA.org, work towards introducing articles about mentorship to AIA Best Practices and find ways to integrate the topic of mentorship to future AIA conferences. The Future Practice Work Group will establish an agenda and guidelines towards improving practice for tomorrow. Tactics include addressing employee equity, future technologies and new business models. All participants of the Joint Annual Meeting came away with a greater sense of connection among emerging professionals across the country, and a road map for the calendar year.

AIA Grassroots: Grassroots was held in San Diego in March with the goal of supporting and strengthening leadership in the AIA. This annual event attracts about 500 AIA leaders from around the nation with seminars, keynote speakers and workshops. Many National Associates Committee members were present and continued the conversation on mentorship and practice. New to the conversation was an intolerance towards sexual harassment in the workplace. Following Grassroots, NAC members aimed to strongly integrate this message into their initiatives. Grassroots was also host to AIA NW+PR’s regional meeting, which brought together chapter leaders from around the region. Much of the meeting time was spent introducing the AIA NW+PR Regional Conference in Honolulu this November 2018.

AIA NW+PR Annual Regional Conference: Mark your calendars for November 13-15, 2018 in Hawaii. AIA Honolulu will host AIA NW+PR for its annual regional conference, which rotates host cities each year. AIA Honolulu is calling the entire event the 2018 Design Symposium, with the title of “Building Voices: Livable Cities and Communities.” The website 2018designsymposium.com has information on schedules, registration, sponsorship opportunities and events. The festivities include the annual Pacific Building and Trade Expo with over 5,000 attendees, a joint AIA Honolulu and AIA NW+PR Design Awards, a workshop series and an Emerging Professionals Party (which I’m planning).

Associate AIA and YAF members who will be in Honolulu at the regional conference are encouraged to attend the Emerging Professionals Party on the evening of Wednesday, November 14th. The party will include design professionals from architecture and allied industries set in a rooftop location with architecturally themed cocktails and food.

For those who cannot attend the November regional conference in Honolulu, there is the AIA 2018 Conference on Architecture in New York City from June 21-23. As the biggest AIA event of the year (this year may be one of the largest ever), there are countless opportunities for Associate members to take part in. If you are an Associate AIA member or emerging professional from the AIA NW+PR, please consider attending the AIA EP Party on Thursday, June 21st and the AIA NW+PR Reception on Friday, June 22nd.

If you plan to be at either the AIA NW+PR Regional Conference or A’18 in New York City, feel free to contact me via text or What’s App if you’re interested in meeting up, or meeting other Associate members and Associate leaders from around the country.

And if you are interested in introducing a topic or initiative that the National Associates Committee can address, or if you simply would like to jump on the phone regarding related to AIA or your Associate AIA membership I’m happy to help.

Best regards,

Jason Takeuchi, AIA, NCARB
AIA Northwest and Pacific Region Associate Director
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Winter 2018 Update

2017 closed with lots of inspiring ideas and endeavors that will be implemented or celebrated in 2018. Associate members are encouraged to engage their local representatives and voice their needs to the regional leadership, our representatives at the national level.

Regionally, AIA NWPR leaders gathered in Seattle in the Fall for the annual Leadership Summit and Regional Honors and Design Awards. We discussed the future of the profession, equity, work-life balance and topics that are important to emerging professionals. Our regional directors who represent AIA NWPR on the Strategic Council explained their interest groups on the national level and how their research will interface with the needs of all members, including the upcoming generation. Specifically, the “Life Cycle of an Architect” work group is focused on identifying transition periods in one’s lifetime and addressing needs of each individual circumstance both in and out of practice.

Also important to note as a result of the regional summit was the exploration of the New Urban Agenda (NUA) with potential ideas for implementation. The NUA serves as a guiding topic for AIA National in 2018 with a premise that human population across the globe is projected to increase significantly and cities and rural areas will be more densely populated in the next twenty five years. Architects are in a position to lead the future vision of the built environment by embracing a multi-disciplinary approach to practice, engaging city officials, developers, planners, engineers, financial analysts, etc. Emerging professionals have an important role in this conversation as future leaders of our built environment and are encouraged to ignite a conversation in their local chapter about the NUA. Chapters across the country have already begun discussing the NUA in different terms more familiar to the public, such as “Re-imaging Our City” or “Creating Livable Communities.” Please email me for more information on this topic.

Nationally, the National Associates Committee has concluded its final conference call with outgoing, current and incoming members. My role on the NAC is on both the Mentorship+Diversity Work Group and the Future Workforce Work Group. In each group we conducted interviews and gathered research around these topics. In 2018, the Future Workforce group will be renamed to Future Practice with a new director and more specific direction focused on practice in work environments. However both groups will continue the research and exploration of ideas with momentum from continuing NAC members on these groups. The other work groups, Advocacy and Strategic Partnerships are designed to explore relationship and policy building through avenues outside of the Institute. And all work groups are intended to evolve to the changing needs of Associate members with a continued pursuit of knowledge and action towards helping Associate members strengthen their voice and position within the AIA and their careers.

As a national committee, the NAC’s progress can be measured in what we produced at the end of the year. We were able to contribute in the form of written online articles published on aia.org, in which two were among the top ten articles read by members in 2017. Setting Up Emerging Professionals for Licensure and Success can be accessed here. You may access The Shifting Architectural Workforce: here. The Mentorship+Diversity Work Group published two individual member features related to diverse people with unique perspectives on mentorship. My written profile of member Michael Ka’ainoni, AIA was one of these features, and our work group will continue to contribute member features to aia.org over the next year.

As an update, the NAC conducted an election for 2018 and the newly elected members are as follows:

Kristina Kotlier, Assoc. AIA                                                                 2018 Vice Chair
Ross Miller, Assoc. AIA                                                                       2018 National Associate Director
Shohreh Khodabahkshi, Assoc. AIA                                                  2018-2019 Director
Craig Chamberlain, Assoc. AIA                                                         2018-2019 Director
Ryan Gann, Assoc. AIA                                                                      2018 Strategic Council Assoc. Rep
Jason Adams, Assoc. AIA                                                                  2018-2019 Florida-Caribbean RAD
David Garcia, Assoc. AIA                                                                   2018-2019 California RAD
Shannon Gathings, Assoc. AIA                                                          2018-2019 Gulf States RAD
Jeremy Gentile, Assoc. AIA                                                               2018-2019 Illinois RAD
Amber Haro, Assoc. AIA                                                                    2018-2019 Western Mountain RAD
Allison Mendez, Assoc. AIA                                                               2018-2019 Central States RAD
Megan Pritts, Assoc. AIA                                                                    2018-2019 New Jersey RAD
Ashley Thornberry, Assoc. AIA                                                          2018-2019 Ohio Valley RAD

Below is the continuing NAC roster for your reference:

James Yankopoulos, Assoc. AIA                                                       2017 Vice Chair
Yiselle Santos, Assoc. AIA                                                                 2017-2018 Director
Timarie Trarbach, Assoc. AIA                                                            2017-2018 Director
Alesha Niedziela, Assoc. AIA                                                            2017-2018 CACE Liaison
Beau Frail, Assoc. AIA                                                                       2017-2018 Texas RAD
Amanda Schlichting, Assoc. AIA                                                       2017-2018 Virginias RAD
Betsy Nolen, Assoc. AIA                                                                    2017-2018 Mid Atlantic RAD
David Flecha, Assoc. AIA                                                                   2017-2018 New York RAD
Jodie Quinter, Assoc. AIA                                                                  2017-2018 South Atlantic RAD
Ray Bowman, Assoc. AIA                                                                   2017-2018 Pennsylvania RAD
Samantha Szeszulski, Assoc. AIA                                                      2017-2018 Michigan RAD
Stephanie Herring, Assoc. AIA                                                          2017-2018 New England RAD
Jason Takeuchi, Assoc. AIA                                                               2017-2019 Northwest Pacific RAD
Jonathan Tolbert, Assoc. AIA                                                            Manager, Center for EPs

(James Yankopolous, Assoc. AIA will take over Korey White, AIA’s position as NAC Chair for 2018)

Feel free to reach out with any questions related to the any information above and with any new ideas for emerging professionals and Associate members. Associate leaders and all Associate members are welcome to email me or chat about any issues, opportunities or ideas. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday season!

Jason Takeuchi, Assoc. AIA
Regional Associate Director / AIA Northwest + Pacific Region
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